New preprint from our lab; Investigating enzalutamide, a prostate cancer treatment, as a potential antiviral against common cold coronaviruses, we provide further evidence of an interplay between viruses and androgen signaling https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2023.11.25.568685v1
A new collaborative study in which GiotisLab was part of was accepted at Frontiers in Public Health https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2023.1283113/abstract
Our lab was awarded $1,000 New Lab Award by Bon Opus Bio https://www.bonopusbio.com/grant-program
Tukur Abdullahi won the 2nd prize for the best Graduate Forum presentation of the University of Essex 2023. Well done Tukur!!
Stathis Giotis presented the latest work of the lab on androgens and viral susceptibility at the meeting on Viral Pseudotypes at Nottingham.
Professor Nelson Fernandez presented the results of our joint PhD student Tukur Abdullahi at the Immunopharmacology Convention 2023 in Varadero, Cuba.
Stathis Giotis was invited to give a talk at the Biosciences Conference at the University of East London
Stathis Giotis presented our recent work on bat viruses at the WSV2023 in Riga, Latvia
A new preprint was released on biorxiv: Serological evidence of high pathogenicity virus infection in Eidolon helvum fruit bats in Nigeria https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2023.06.14.544916v1
Riaz Somji and Tukur Abdullahi presented their work on mTOR and host innate immune responses to seasonal coronaviruses at the Microbiology Society annual conference in Birmingham
Lab outing to the 3 wise monkeys in Colchester
A review paper was published in Viruses; Giotis, E.S.; Cil, E.; Brooke, G.N. Use of Antiandrogens as Therapeutic Agents in COVID-19 Patients. Viruses2022, 14, 2728. https://doi.org/10.3390/v14122728
Great meeting on pseudotyping by VPU at NIBSC
Stathis Giotis is accepted as a member of the UKRI/BBSRC panel of experts
A preprint review on anti androgens as COVID-19 was released in collaboration with Greg Brooke's group at Essex
Celebrating the retirement of Professor Mike Skinner at Imperial College. Happy retirement Mike!
Celebrating our last lab meeting for the Summer and the heatwave in Essex
Stathis Giotis contributed to an article by Helen Collis at politico.eu about monkeypox and vaccines
Riaz Somji and Tiffany Teoh joined our lab to do a PhD (3-years) and Masters by Dissertation (MSD; 1 year) respectively.
Ogunjinmi (Dami) Oluwadamilola and Stathis Giotis presented (poster and oral presentations) at the annual conference of the UK Microbiology Society, which was held in Belfast (4-7 April 2022).
Tukur Abdullahi from Nigeria is the newest member of our lab. His PhD will be focused on the comparative host innate responses to seasonal coronaviruses.
Our paper 'Naïve Human Macrophages Are Refractory to SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Exhibit a Modest Inflammatory Response Early in Infection' is now published in Viruses
A new preprint was released on bioRxiv: Primary human macrophages exhibit a modest inflammatory response early in SARS-CoV-2 infection
Stathis Giotis, David Matthews and Jacqueline Smith are editors of the research topic 'Host innate immune responses to infections by avian- and bat-borne viruses volume II' in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Stathis Giotis spoke on BBC London about the Omicron variant and the recently introduced measures to slow its spread in the UK
Stathis Giotis was interviewed by East Anglian daily times on COVID-19 and his opinion was hosted in the main article of 24.11.2021
Stathis Giotis was interviewed by the BBC Essex radio morning show about COVID-19 vaccines and the need to reintroduce some restriction measures in light of the rising cases of COVID-19